Mums or dads who are experiencing domestic abuse don't always realise how it affects their child. They might think that because their child is in another room or doesn't see what's happening that they're not affected. But we know that living in a home where domestic abuse takes place can be really harmful for a child.
It can have a very serious impact on a child's behaviour and wellbeing, even if they're not directly harmed themselves. Children witnessing domestic abuse is recognised as 'significant harm' in law.
Domestic abuse can also be a sign that children are suffering another type of abuse or neglect.
The effects can last into adulthood. But, once they're in a safer and more stable environment, most children are able to recover from the effects of witnessing domestic abuse.
It is very important that children living with domestic violence are kept safe. These are the safety messages parents should give their children:
Telephone: 0300 561 0077
Offers support to children and young people from age 5 – 18 in the areas of Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Breckland. One to one work is offered around safety planning and wishes and feelings. Referrals are from agency only and currently working under a Family Support Plan (FSP). The helpline can be contacted for families who are not under a FSP.
Point 1 is a service for children and young people between the ages of 0-18 years who are experiencing the early signs of mental health difficulties and who are resident in Norfolk and have a Norfolk GP. Point 1 is a new service delivered by Ormiston Children & Families Trust, in partnership with the youth charity MAP and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).
Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.